Fast Facts

  • Born in Blackpool, England, because his family was evacuated during the bombing of Manchester, which is his hometown; they moved back as soon as they were permitted.
  • The seventh of eight children. 
  • Lost all traces of his English accent in the United States Army, which he joined in order to speed up his U.S. citizenship request.
  • Taught English Literature at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL, where he had earlier earned a master's degree in English.
  • Participated in local youth theater as a child, but wasn't inspired to become an actor until he saw Albert Finney and Leo McKern in Uncle Vanya at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.
  • At age 37, enrolled in classes at Chicago's St. Nicholas Theatre, cofounded by David Mamet, where he performed opposite John Malkovich.
  • Member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago.

Awards

  • 1994, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1986, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Winner
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Bernard Mahoney — Brother
  • John Sullivan — Nephew
  • Reg Mahoney — Father
  • Vera Sullivan — Sister
  • Margaret Mahoney — Mother

College

  • Quincy College, Quincy, IL (BA, 1966); Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL (MA in English, 1976)

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  • Birth Place: Blackpool, Lancashire, England
  • Profession: Actor

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